Argument: Talking with all Muslim leaders shows Muslims US is listening
Sen. Barack Obama, National Public Radio Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA, December 4th, 2007. - "We need to send a strong signal that we are going to talk directly to not just our friends but also to our enemies. And I have to say that when I brought this up early on in this campaign, I was called naive and irresponsible. And yet the point, the reason for that was not necessarily because we're going to change Ahmadinejad's mind. It's because we're going to change the minds of people inside Iran, moderate forces inside Iran, as well as our Muslim allies around the region, that we are willing to listen to them and try to engage in finding ways to resolve conflicts cooperatively."